The Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival Announces 2017 Lineup

Foghorn Stringband
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Every year the Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival manages to deliver one of the most exciting lineups of the year, featuring the best in bluegrass, old time and folk artists from around the country and around the world.

Held in the small northern NSW town of Dorrigo, the Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival is an intimate, community run event with a really nice vibe and so much great music. Their lineup this year includes so many amazing artists including Foghorn Stringband (above), Genni Kane, Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton, Luke Plumb and Peter Daffy, Mac Traynham and Shay Garriock, Mile Twelve, The Freewheeler, The New Macedon Rangers, Andy Gordon with John Kane, Angus Gill, Cat and Clint, Chloë & Jason Roweth, Chris Matthews, Corn Silk, Fat Cousin Skinny, Fireside Celts & Friends, Flora Knight & Sean Donald, Freya Josephine Hollick, Golden Whistler, High and Lonesome, John Bennett with David Hyams, Kaurna Cronin, Kazoobafak Jug Band, Loren Kate, Mandy Connell, Michael Waugh, Misty Mountain Players, Monique Clare, Montgomery Church, Pete Denahy, Pitts Family, Sohum Women’s Choir, The 3 Jimmies, The Daughters of the Rum Rebellion, The Mae Trio, The Martins, The Northern Folk, The Pipi Pickers, The Sinners, The Tawny Owl Stringband, The Tin Can String Band, Thor and Jasmine Phillips, Tommy Chandler and the Continental Drift, Twin Peaks, Two If By Sea, Watling & Bates, Whoa Mule and Yhan Leal.

The Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival takes place in Dorrigo from the 27th to the 29th October – check out the official site for more details.

This year they’re also holding the inaugural Old-Time Music School in the lead up to the festival, from the 25th to the 27th October. The Old-Time Music School will give players to learn alongside some of the best musicians in the business – this year will feature the likes of Ashlee Watkins (The New Macedon Rangers), Shay Garriock, Andrew Small (The New Macedon Rangers), Mac Traynham, Jeremy Marcotte and Foghorn Stringband. Workshops at the school will include traditional fiddle and banjo music, instrument workshops, old time ensemble workshops, folk singing, concerts, jamming and a festival performance opportunity – for more information check out the official site here.

Full Lineup for the Healesville Music Festival Announced

Davidson Brothers
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Started back in 2010 the Healesville Music Festival has quickly become a quiet achiever on the folk music scene. The festival is organised by the local community of Healesville in Victoria’s Yarra Valley and attracts some of the countries best folk, country, bluegrass and roots artists for a weekend of amazing music.

This year’s lineup boasts a bunch of recognisable names including Chris Henry & Hardcore Grass, Davidson Brothers, Pete Denahy, The Stray Hens, The Yearlings, Orpheus Supertones, Nine Mile Creek, Michael Waugh, Jenny Biddle, Ben Mitchell & The Stylists, Nick Charles, The Dukes of Despair, Soulsville, Telecom Joe, The King Kats, The Hannafords, AJ Leonard and Jenny Rowlands, Blackberry Jam Bush Band, Healesville String Band, Aaron Burton, Richie Langford, Pans on Fire, Rudy the One Man Band, Michael the Balloonologist and more.

The Healesville Music Festival takes place from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th November. For more information check out the official site here.

MountainGrass Announces its 2015 Lineup

Laurie Lewis
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This November the fantastic MountainGrass festival returns to Harrietville, Victoria with a fantastic lineup of bluegrass, old time and folk music.

Held from the 20th to 22nd November at the foot of Mt Hotham, MountainGrass is regarded as Australia’s premier bluegrass and old time music festival. This year’s event will be headlined by award winning Americana singer and fiddler Laurie Lewis with her band The Right Hands (featuring Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber and Todd Phillips).

Joining Lewis will be other US touring artists Chris Henry & The Hardcore Grass and Orpheus Supertones as well as an impressive lineup of local talent including Bluegrass Parkway, Paul Wookey, Pete Denahy, Davidson Brothers, Karen Lynne, The Weeping Willows, The Kissin’ Cousins, The Pipi Pickers, John Flanagan, Old South, Buffalo Nickel, Coolgrass, The Strzelecki Stringbusters and many more.

For more information on MountainGrass including how to get your hands on tickets make sure you check out the official site here.

Man From Snowy River Festival Announces 2015 Musical Lineup

The McClymonts
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The Man From Snowy River Festival is held each year in the historic town of Corryong, Victoria in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains. Celebrating the best of bush culture, including music, poetry and the famous Snowy River Challenge, the festival is the perfect excuse to get back to get out of the city.

The musical lineup of the 2015 MFSR Bush Festival this year will be headlined by country trio The McClymonts (above) and will also feature Andrew Wishart, Paul Costa Band, Fanny Lumsden, Pete Denahy and Richard Perso.

The festival will take place from the 9th to 12th April in 2015. For more information check out the official site here.

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